Cast Announced for Funimation Dub of Summer Wars

10.20.2010

Funimation announced via their newsletter and blog that they have cast all the characters for their upcoming dub of Madhouse’s award-winning movie, Summer Wars. The cast includes Brina Palencia, J. Michael Tatum, and Maxey Whitehead, as well as over a dozen other main and supporting cast members. For full cast listing and story summary, check the official blog post at the link below:

http://blog.funimation.com/2010/09/summer-wars-has-people-talking/

– Mark Allen, Jr.
Contributor: Voice Actors in the News

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Reporter Claims Danish Dub of ‘SpongeBob’ is Superior to Original

05.08.2010

An unidentified reporter for The Copenhagen Post makes the audacious claim that the voices for the Danish dub of SpongeBob SquarePants are “better than the originals.”

With nary an audio or video clip to support this claim, the reporter says that even with A/V examples his (or her) “point would have been lost without them being able to understand the language.”

SpongeBob — or more appropriately SvampeBob Firkant, which translates literally in Danish as “SpongeBob Square” — is Nickelodeon Denmark’s most popular program, and according to the article the Danish dub cast includes Jens Jacob Tychsen as SpongeBob, Søren Ulrichs as Patrick Star and Peter Zhelder as Squidward. [FYI: Ulrichs is a “voiceover veteran” in Denmark, and has dubbed many lead roles for a number of US cartoons.]

This reporter states that Zhelder’s performance as Squidward is an “improvement over the original” (referring to Roger Bumpass), and that Tychsen as SpongeBob is “actually better than the much-hailed Tom Kenny, who voices the original American character.” And at the close of the article, the reporter goes as far as to claim that the Danish version is “superior” to the original.

Tychsen is also interviewed in the article, and had this to say about voicing the iconic character:

‘I honestly had the initial impression that the show was some cheaply produced piece of crap that should be done as quickly as possible and would be forgotten just as fast,’ he said. ‘But then we found out how popular it was in the US and thought that maybe we had something good going. We also gradually learned the humour of it, although we were a bit worried that too few people would see it being aired only on Nickelodeon. But once [public broadcaster] DR bought the rights it really took off.’

Tychsen said he soon fell in love with the ‘bizarre’ character he was voicing, and eventually made the voice more personal after the first episode, ‘Help Wanted’, where he says he was just doing a straight copy of Kenny’s voice traits.

‘I realised how important it was that SpongeBob wasn’t just this bloody irritating little thing, but that there also had to be something loveable or attractive about him,’ he said. ‘So instead of just copying the original I incorporated a bit of mischief into his voice and there it was – my own SvampeBob!’

Tychsen said the most difficult SvampeBob moments are when the little yellow sponge sings. He also admits that, away from the microphone, he has a hard time doing the voice when asked.

I could understand that national pride might be a factor to Denmark residents in claiming that the dubbed version is “superior” to the US version, but even without hearing any proof I already have a problem with Tychsen’s take on the character because he says he “incorporated a bit of mischief into his voice” which seems contradictory to SpongeBob’s character.

Who knows why this reporter didn’t bother to provide even a single audio or video clip for comparison, but it was easy enough to find online thanks to YouTube and the official Nickelodeon Denmark website.

Review the clips that follow and see if you think the Danish dub is genuinely “superior” to the original. (Up front, I’ll just go ahead and warn you that SpongeBob’s laugh is off. Way off.)

And there are over a dozen high-quality streaming complete SvampeBob cartoons on Nickelodeon.DK. Here are direct links to some of the more memorable ones:

“Best Day Ever”
“Stanley S. SquarePants”
“Krabby Road”
“House Fancy”


Voice Actors Pay Tribute to ‘Robotech’ Producer

05.01.2010

Robotech.com has a memorial page for US anime pioneer and Robotech producer Carl Macek, who passed away April 17th of a heart attack at the age of 58.

The page includes reflections on “Uncle Carl” (as he was known to friends) from the following cast members:

Tony Oliver, voice of Rick Hunter
Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski, voice of Lynn Minmei
Barbara Goodson, voice of Marie Crystal and Sera
Richard Epcar, voice of Ben Dixon, Lunk, Vince Grant
Robert Axelrod, voice of Rico
Tiffany Grant, anime voice actor

Added 5.09.2010 — Thanks to Jeff B. for the heads-up on this Robotech 25th Anniversary panel video from the January 2010 Animation on Display convention in San Francisco, CA featuring Tony Oliver, Robotech Creative Director Tommy Yune, and the late Carl Macek. It seems very appropriate and timely that this was Macek’s final convention appearance.


Featured Voices: Omara Portuondo

02.10.2010

Shoutcastblog.com reports that Latin Grammy-winner and legendary Cuban singer Omara Portuondo has been cast as Moma Odie for the Spanish dub of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog (‘Tiana y el sapo’).

Learn more about her career on her official site: OmaraPortuondo.com.

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Hearing Voices: Voice Actors Radio Show

02.09.2010

This article was originally published February 2, 2010. Please scroll down for the latest updates.

I’d like to give a shout-out to Mark Allen Jr. — a fellow voice actor fan (and voice talent as well) — for his new “Hearing Voices” voice actors radio show at Cal State University in Fullerton, CA.

Allen’s first two episodes include interviews with Anime voice actors Kyle Hebert and Christina Vee which are available through divshare.com.

“Hearing Voices” airs weekly on Mondays at 4:30 PM (PST), although Allen says there will be no show on Feb. 15th due to the holiday. Crispin Freeman is currently scheduled as the guest for Allen’s next episode on Feb. 22nd.

And you can “tune in” online to watch the show via live webcast on Titan Radio. Listeners can also call in during live shows — the number is 1-657-278-5516 (although Allen adds that it’s not a 24-hour number).

Update: As of July 2010, there are 11 episodes of the radio show available and include interviews with:

Kyle Hebert
Christina Vee
Crispin Freeman
Tara Platt & Yuri Lowenthal
Lauren Landa
Keith Silverstein
Steven Mane
Marianne Miller
Kaiji Tang
Chris Smith
Lucien Dodge

Related posts:
– 1.25.2010 — Anime Voice Actors Willingham and Bailey Interviewed
– 7.08.2009 — Official Site Spotlight: Kyle Hebert


Anime Voice Actors Willingham and Bailey Interviewed

01.15.2010

iPlayWinner.com has an interview (via YouTube) with Anime VAs Travis Willingham and Laura Bailey (the respective voices of Guile and Chun-Li in Street Fighter 4) from their recent appearance at the January 2010 SacAnime convention in Sacramento, CA.

And here’s bonus video from SacAnime — a panel presentation featuring Travis and Vic Mignogna, which includes Travis discussing working with Charlie Adler and Tom Kenny on The Super Hero Squad Show:

In the video, Vic mentions a new website — ConDotCom.com — which he describes as an “online convention experience [with] a lot of well-known voice actors…involved.” However, the site currently has some technical issues and nearly all pages require login for access, but I am unable to find a link for registration other than one that allows access to the chat room. It may just be a temporary glitch. I’ve contacted the website for assistance and will provide an update upon reply.

Update: 1.15.2010, 9:50 PM — I received a reply from Vic Mignogna about the website “glitch.” Apparently the site’s currently in a beta test phase, which explains why nothing is accessible without a login.

To gain access to the site prior to the official public launch, send an email to condotcom@gmail.com with an explanation why you wish to participate in the beta test.

Update: 1.17.2010 — Vic followed up with a message that it is okay to share the login info publicly. Username is condotcom and the password is betatest.

There is already a considerable amount of content on the site in the form of anime voice actor ringtones and music downloads. A great more content is planned for the site in the near future, and Vic wasn’t kidding when he said a “lot” of well-known voice actors were involved.

Feel free to check out the site and participate in the beta test to get all the bugs worked out prior to the site’s official launch.

I’ll have more coverage of ConDotCom in a separate post.

In related news, SacAnime has already announced that voice actor Liam O’Brien will be a guest at their September 2010 convention.

Source: Kombo.com

Related post: 1.13.2010 — AnimeTV Hosted by Voice Actors Bosch and Vee


AnimeTV Hosted by Voice Actors Bosch and Vee

01.13.2010

Anime fans out there should check out the new internet show AnimeTV, hosted by anime voice actors Johnny Yong Bosch and Christina Vee.

New episodes are scheduled weekly on Thursdays.

Source: Tubefilter News